A federal judge has ordered the unsealing of a trove of documents related to Jeffrey Epstein, which could shed light on his friendship with powerful men accused of having sex with his victims.
Judge Loretta Preska said that 80 documents or hundreds of pages will be made public within a week, Dailymail reported.
The documents will include depositions from Ghislaine Maxwell, which could explain her alleged role in Epstein’s sex trafficking operation and reveal intimate details about Maxwell’s sex life.
Maxwell’s lawyers have previously tried to stop the documents from being released citing the threat to Maxwell’s privacy. The files relate to a seven-hour, 418-page deposition Maxwell gave which her legal team said was “extremely personal, confidential.”
In filings, Maxwell’s lawyers have called the depositions a “series of (efforts) to compel Maxwell to answer intrusive questions about her sex life.”
The documents will also include communications between Maxwell and Epstein from January 2015 when Virginia Roberts first made explosive allegations about them in court filings.
In the included documents Roberts claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times when she was just 17 at Epstein’s command.
It’s important to note that this case is separate from the criminal proceedings against Maxwell, 58, who is accused by federal prosecutors of procuring girls as young as 14 for Epstein to abuse going back as far as the 1990s. Maxwell pleaded not guilty and is due to stand trial next year, Anewspost previously reported.
The case was actually settled in 2017 for an undisclosed sum however media organizations then sued for documents in the case to be made public reopening the case.
During the court hearing at Manhattan’s federal court, Judge Loretta Preska ruled Maxwell’s right to privacy was outweighed by the need for the documents to become public.
After the ruling one of Maxwell’s lawyers, Laura Menninger asked the court for a two-week delay in unsealing the documents so they could file an appeal in the Second Circuit in New York to prevent the release.
There have been some significant changes with respect to my client’s positions and perhaps known to everyone listening to this, while we were speaking about a potential ongoing criminal investigation (before), since that time Miss Maxwell has been indicted and a trial has been scheduled, Menninger said.
Now we are in a vastly different position and have grave concerns about our client’s ability to receive a fair trial given the intense media scrutiny around anything that is unsealed, she added.
Giuffre’s lawyer Sigrid McCawley stated she wanted the documents made available to the public as “swiftly as possible.”
Maxwell’s lawyers are also trying to prevent comments about their client being made outside of a court objecting to the FBI referring to her as a “slithering snake” at a press conference announcing her arrest on July 2nd.
A letter from Maxwell’s lawyers, filed on Tuesday, stated: “We write to request that the Court enter an order prohibiting the Government, its agents and counsel for witnesses from making extrajudicial statements concerning this case. Although Ms. Maxwell is presumed innocent, the Government, its agents, witnesses and their lawyers have made, and continue to make, statements prejudicial to a fair trial,” it read.
A defendant must be judged by a jury of her peers based on evidence presented at trial, not in the media, it continued.
Maxwell’s lawyer, Jeff Pagliuca, even went as far as outlining seven categories which he believes prosecutors, the FBI, and victims’ lawyers should be banned from talking about when referencing Maxwell’s case. This list includes the “character or reputation of the accused” and “any opinion as to the accused’s guilt or innocence or as to the merits of the case or the evidence in the case.”
Pagliuca further stated the case was inappropriately handled with the raid at Maxwell’s $1 million home in New Hampshire on July 2nd. Adding, Maxwell was apprehended “without notice.” Someone should probably tell Pagliuca he is trying to defend an accused pedophile and silence alleged victims from speaking out about their experiences.
Pagliuca wrote: ‘Because plain vanilla surrenders lack the fanfare and attendant media coverage afforded to secret, armed, raids at dawn, the Government chose to invade Ms. Maxwell’s New Hampshire residence, arrest her, and stage a media presentation that included numerous statements that prejudice Ms. Maxwell’s right to a fair trial’.
Judge Preska said if the Second Circuit had not ruled within a week then the files will be made public. Preska has previously blocked files in favor of Giuffre and other victims from being used in court when she bizarrely ordered Giuffre’s lawyers’ to destroy files they obtained on Epstein. Preska said the attorneys had come into possession of the documents inappropriately, noting that the protective order could only be enforced during the civil lawsuit proceedings which had already been settled, Anewspost previously reported.
Preska also requested proof that the documentation had been destroyed. “Counsel shall submit an affidavit detailing the steps taken to do so,” Preska’s ruling added.
This isn’t the first time that files have been unsealed. Epstein was found hung in suspicious circumstances following the release of thousands of files that were unsealed in Epstein’s case which fingered more powerful men involved with Epstein’s pedophile trafficking. A few of those men alleged by Virginia Giuffre included – Bill Richardson, George Mitchell, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Hedge Fund manager Glenn Dubin, American scientist Marvin Minsky, “another prince,” “a large hotel chain owner,” Stephen Kauffman, and MC2 agency model scout Jean Luc Brunell, Fox News reported.
The autopsy performed on Epstein found that he broke multiple bones in his neck, including the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple.
Epstein’s death has been disputed by private pathologist Michael Baden who was hired by Epstein’s brother Mark. Baden has stated that the autopsy photos and Epstein’s broken hyoid bone, prove that Epstein didn’t kill himself as TMU has previously reported.
The daughter of the media mogul Robert Maxwell is said to be, being moved around from cell to cell to prevent her assassination as Anewspost reported. Maxwell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York, the same prison where Epstein was found dead in his cell. Maxwell is indicted under six counts in Manhattan federal court the charges allege that Maxwell helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14 years old, going back as far as 1994. The indictment admonitions include – conspiracy to entice minors, transporting minors, and perjury.
Let us hope the same fate isn’t met by Epstein’s madam Maxwell, so victims can finally get some form of justice.
Attorney General Bill Bar has insisted that the U.S. government will not allow Ghislaine Maxwell to die in jail like Jeffrey Epstein, who was found hanging in his cell last summer while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges.
When Barr was asked in a recent interview with ABC News if the government had Maxwell’s security “locked up” to ensure she would neither be able to kill herself or be harmed, Barr answered firmly: “Yes. We have asked them to tell us specifically the protocols they’re following and we have a number of redundant systems to monitor the situation.”
Maxwell was recently denied bail by another Judge involved in the federal case against her as Anewspost reported.